4k PC monitor done right

by Haadi Bakar
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I’m one of the living few in this day and age who is obsessed with PC monitors.

Even though a lot of us have moved on from the traditional desktop PC to laptops and smartphones, I’ve always found myself extra productive working on my computer connected to a huge monitor.

When you have a bigger display to your advantage, you can get more work done, multitasking is possible, and your back doesn’t strain as much when the display is propped up at eye level.

Set up two or more of them and you’ll have the ultimate workstation for increased efficiency, especially if you’re a trader or do a lot of coding, or a gamer seeking a more immersive widescreen experience.

And this is why I get all giddy whenever a revolutionary PC monitor is being announced (they don’t get updated as fast as laptops and smartphones).

Dell is known for making really great PC monitors, and its new Dell 43 Multi-Client Monitor (P4317Q) is by far its most impressive IPS-type display yet.

It’s a 43-inch beast with a near-borderless 4K display, but it doesn’t just end there. The P4317Q can split up to four independent 1080p displays in a single screen!

This means that you only need one monitor to virtually set up multiple monitors.

Dell’s P4317Q 4K monitor displaying four quadrants simultaneously. Image courtesy of Dell.

Dual or multiple monitors are every tech geeks dream, but setting up can be really messy. Think of all the cable nightmare you’d have to deal with, as well as the extra space you need for them.

The solution for a single monitor capable of projecting multiple displays is not just by enlarging the size of the display, but also increasing the amount of pixels.

Sure, Apple has long been pushing the envelope with their Retina Display technology, but they’re mostly installed in their mobile devices and laptops. Their biggest Retina Display panel so far is on their newest 5K 27-inch iMacs.

While you can certainly multitask on a 27-inch ultra-resolution display, everything just looks tinier on a screen this size with a total pixel density of 218 PPI.

Compare that to the 43-inch Dell P4317Q with its max resolution of 3840×2160 at 104 PPI and you get even more screen real estate to work with as well as better clarity when the monitor splits into four separate desktops.

To put that into perspective, splitting the P4317Q into four quadrants is equivalent to setting up four 20-inch 1080p monitors!

Imagine what the engineers at Dell could do with a giant 8K monitor in the future.

Aside from that impressive display quality and performance, the P4317Q is also equipped with two 8-watt speakers and a USB 3.0 hub with four ports.

As expected though, this new monitor will cost a fortune. with a price tag of US$1,350, it’s definitely not for those with really tight wallets.

One can be content with just a 24-inch 1080p monitor for about a fraction of that price and still get the job done, or go large with a 27-inch quad-HD panel for extra efficiency with just a few hundred dollars more.

But if you are seriously looking to set up multiple displays for extreme productivity, the P4317Q is definitely worth considering as an alternative to stacking up a few monitors, which can be a far messier affair.

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